News Releases: April 2017

MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence Friday, April 28, 2017

The MPCA recognized 327 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 through September 2016.

Gerdau Ameristeel Inc. cited for multiple environmental violations Thursday, April 20, 2017

Some of the company’s corrections include applying for proper permit coverage, updating operation and maintenance plans, properly labeling hazardous waste containers, and implementing improved recordkeeping practices.

Public meeting set, comments sought for proposed Cloquet tire shredder facility project Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Once shredded into a lightweight and highly-permeable aggregate, the product is used for fill for projects such as road base construction, slope stabilization and stormwater retention chambers.

City of Virginia’s utilities department required to demonstrate heating plant emissions compliance Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The heating plant exceeded its permit limits for emissions of carbon monoxide, opacity (a measure of visibility) and fine particles.

Make this your Year of Water Action — volunteer now! Monday, April 10, 2017

More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state.

Open for comment: water quality reports for the Pine River Watershed Monday, April 10, 2017

These reports are part of the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.

Air quality alert issued for west central and northwest Minnesota due to smoke from Kansas fires for Saturday, April 8th Saturday, April 8, 2017

The affected area includes the Tribal Nation of Red Lake, and the cities of Ortonville, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks and Wheaton.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Thursday, April 6, 2017

The MPCA, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and local groups are recommending a number of actions including reducing streambank erosion, reducing in-lake nutrients, and improving stormwater management to restore and protect waterbodies.